Monk: Season 5, Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike (14 Jul. 2006)

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A city-wide garbage strike throws Monk completely off his game as he tries to solve the murder of a union boss.

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Mayor Ray Nicholson (as Chi Mcbride)
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Larry Cutler (as David Deluise)
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Drugstore Manager
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The San Francisco sanitation union has gone on strike, demanding better pay from the city. As a result, garbage collection has stopped and the streets are now lined with trash bags. Monk, naturally, has a hard time dealing with the stench. Things get worse, though, when union boss Jimmy Cusack is found dead in his office of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, bringing negotiations to a halt. Monk finds evidence of foul play, but the stench causes him to make outrageous accusations against the mayor, and even Alice Cooper. Written by dmcreif

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Up to this episode there have always been six empty plant pots and six boxes on the shelves in Monk living room and now it's five pots and five boxes. See more »

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When Mayor Nicholson leaves city hall by the back door and encounters Monk, he grabs the umbrella from his aide Cutler. When they cut away at the car, Cutler again has the umbrella and then back to Nicholson on the next shot. See more »

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Adrian Monk: It is no secret that rock and roll stars collect antiques - especially antique chairs.
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With a title like this. . .
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As soon as I saw the title of "The Garbage Strike," I knew this episode was going to be hilarious. The Sanitation Union has gone on strike for better wages, and when the union leader is found dead, the union members become even angrier and less willing to negotiate. As another reviewer wrote, this show gets off to a weak start: in an uncharacteristic turn (probably caused by his anxiety over the garbage in the streets), Monk tries to pass off the leader's murder as a suicide. He hopes that if the union members see the death as a suicide, they will reconcile with city leaders and start collecting the garbage again. However, at Natalie's insistence, Monk soon comes clean and begins investigating the murder. This is a typical Monk case with lots of details and twists. As the reeking bags of garbage pile up all over the city, Monk's already fragile mental state deteriorates even more, with hysterical results. Be sure to stay tuned for Alice Cooper's hilarious cameo!


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